23 November 2011
Research undertaken by popular car insurance comparison site Tiger.co.uk has shown the cars that are likely to be driven by people in certain jobs. The car insurance quote data from the site shows which car models and makes are most popular among a range of different jobs and occupations.
The most popular cars owned in absolute numbers were the Vauxhall Corsa, Ford Fiesta and the Renault Clio respectively. Nearly 20% of all Tiger.co.uk shoppers drives one of these vehicles. However when the data was analysed based not on absolute numbers but on the relative popularity of cars, it presents a different picture altogether.
The research looked at eight different occupations. Here is a brief list of the results:
Compared to an average Tiger.co.uk shopper, an accountant is more likely to drive an Audi A4, a housewife a Vauxhall Zafira and a mechanic a Volkswagen Golf.
Job titles can have a large effect on the price of car insurance. A 27 year-old female soldier driving a 2008 Fiat 500 may expect to pay more for her car insurance than if she were a housewife, yet a housewife would pay more than a if she were a female investment banker. With occupations where drivers could be driving famous (and therefore well-insured) people around like actors or footballers, the effect on the price of their car insurance is far larger.
A spokesperson at Tiger.co.uk said, “There are definitely interesting discoveries here, but maybe none that come as too much of a surprise. A people carrier is something of a predictable car for a housewife to drive and indicates their need to be driving children around more often. A small cute car such as the Ford Ka is what you might expect for hairdresser and a dependable car like a VW Golf is sensible choice for a mechanic. Maybe we would have thought we’d find something a little more sophisticated for an investment banker but perhaps this is an indication of the recession is biting!
Drivers professions have a marked effect on the price of their car insurance so we recommend all drivers double check they are choosing the right job title when getting their car insurance quotes. On sites like Tiger.co.uk if you can’t find your job title, don’t worry – it is most likely to be there under a slightly different name. If you are still not sure, check with the insurer to be doubly certain that you are not getting an inaccurate quote”.